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What can you expect to experience during a remodel project?

A lot of planning should be done before the remodel begins, and if this is done well, your project will go smoothly.

The first phase should be carried out by the homeowner; researching contractors and checking references. Go to your local NAHB website (www.nahb.org) and the BIAW (www.biaw.com), as well as the Labor and Industry website to check that a contractor’s licenses and insurance are up to date. Call references; this will give you a good picture of their quality of work and how easy they are to work with.

Depending on the extent of your remodel project, several licensed professionals will be required. A general contractor will vet the specialists, hire, and schedule them. Bathroom and kitchen remodels may require these specialists:

  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Tile setters
  • Cabinet makers

That said, the obvious thing is, when the bathroom is being torn about and put back together, you won’t be able to use it. Hopefully you have another one in the house?

Don’t forget to consider “Universal Design”, also called “Aging in Place” features to include in your remodel. You or your visitors may find the features handy, and they can increase the resale value of your home, as it will be accessible to more potential buyers when that day comes.

So, how will the project affect you? It can be stressful, but the rewards will be worth it!

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Bellingham bath remodels

In Bellingham, homeowners are upgrading their bathrooms! Check out what can be done to enhance your bath:

Floating vanities: Have your contractor build the vanity on the wall; this leaves open space at the bottom, giving the room a more airy feel. This works especially well if your bathroom has a nook that the vanity can be built into, attaching the ends to the side walls.

Adding tile accents to the wall above the vanity, or to the entire wall, will add glamour and style.

There is nothing more luxurious than in-floor heating! This can be accomplished with electric in-floor or hydronic system. Just imagine walking into the bathroom early in the morning, and feeling warm tile under your feet!

Frameless glass showers are undeniably luxurious. While you are having the glass shower doors re-done, why not make it universally accessible by having your contractor install the shower pan without an edge or lip? Not only does this add a spa-like quality to your master bath, but aging family members will appreciate it!

What about seating in the bath? Whether you want a spot to sit down and towel off or a place to lean back and relax for a few moments, a cushioned chair or ottoman ups the comfort level of any bath.

Most of us enjoy some music while in relaxing in the shower or soaking tub. Include a shelf for your mp3 player (have your contractor install an electrical outlet there), or go for a state-of-the art sound system for your master bath.

Heated towel bars provide you with warm towels for after your shower; this idea is almost as wonderful as a heated floor!

Don’t forget a seat in the shower. Tile a bench to match the rest of the shower; or add a bench made of a contrasting material like teak or glass. While you are having that done, include a steam feature or multiple shower heads.

Storage! Storage can be attractive and plentiful, if you have enough square feet. For smaller bathrooms, creative solutions can be found. Installing shelving in a wall; utilizing any nooks for shelving or cabinets. Beautiful custom cabinets will upgrade your bathroom and provide practical storage solutions.

Adding skylights or sun tunnels will brighten up a dark bath. Strategically located lights are important also!

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Skylight, custom cabinets, glass shower

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What you need to know before remodeling the master bath

When you start planning a master bath remodel, it is important to first gather ideas from as many sources as you can. If you want a cohesive design, then you must decide on the style you want to go with; modern, traditional or something totally “you”. Then create a consistent theme for the bathroom that will bring all of everything together. Tile can be used to artistically create designs  on your walls, making any bathroom more attractive.

Remember that simplicity can often impart a level of class and sophistication to a room that ostentatious flair cannot.

To remain within your budget as you are designing your new bathroom, always ask yourself what affect each decision will have on your budget.

When researching ideas through photos, look for pictures that are taken in homes that match the general layout and flow of your home. Do your homework checking prices on the fixtures and materials you like in the photos. You will be able to find less expensive alternatives, if the ones in the photos are out of your budget.

Think about the bathrooms in the photos and imagine that they are in your home. Would that layout work for you?  

If done right, bathroom remodels are very rewarding, and bring a great deal of enjoyment with everything sparkling new, color coordinated and installed by master crafts-persons! 

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Master bath remodel in Bellingham, Washington

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